Concerto & Vocal Comp welcomes judges

Larry Sitsky AO will return as an adjudicator at the 2020 Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition in Townsville this July IMAGE: Supplied.

Entries are now open for the 2020 Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition (ACVC), to be held in Townsville this July.

The nationally regarded competition, founded in 1980, attracts musicians and vocalists from across the world.

President of ACVC, Cris Dall’Osto said this year’s prestigious adjudicators, Professor Larry Sitsky AO and Merlyn Quaife AO, are expected to be significant drawcards for entrants.

“The value of the competition lies in the opportunity to perform works in a live performance with critique from internationally recognised adjudicators. And we see many young entrants come back as their careers progress,” said Cris.

Larry has a long-standing association with ACVC, having adjudicated at six previous competitions, as well as being commissioned to compose a new work for young pianists which premeiered in Townsville in 2011. Her was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000 for his work as a composer, musicologist, pianist and educator.

Ms Quaife has received great acclaim throughout Australia and Europe for her performances in opera, oratorio, Lieder, chamber music and contemporary music. For her significant services to music, she received a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013, and she has performed in a variety of roles with every Australian State Opera Company and with all State Symphony Orchestras in Australia.

Cris said it was encouraging to know that entrants placed such importance in Townsville’s competition as an ideal springboard for participation in the world-renowned Sydney International Piano Competition.

“Many winners of the Townsville event have gone on to win ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards,” he said.


The Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition will be held 17-21 July. For more information, visit

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